LA Lakers Bench Nick Young: ‘He’s Not Really Here With Us’

Nick Young BenchedNick Young has been having a tough time lately. In recent weeks, the baller has faced scandal after scandal, which have in turn affected his game to the point that he’s been benched for the remainder of the season.

Young, 30, has been dealing with the fallout from a video that his teammate D’Angelo Russell leaked of him supposedly admitting to cheating on fiance Iggy Azalea with a 19-year-old. In addition, Young was previously dealing with a sexual harassment claim from activist Alexis Jones, who said that he and some of his teammates were “leaning out of the car and making vulgar, sexual gestures” towards she and her mother.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott told ESPN that his decision to bench young came from a combination of the personal issues he’s been dealing with, compiled with the way he’d been playing over the season.

“It has nothing to do with the chemistry,” Scott said. “It has everything to do with just basketball. Right now, I know what he’s going through, and I know it’s hard on him. But he’s not here with us, mentally, and there’s no need for me to put him out there on the floor.”

“It’s been tough,” Scott continued. “This is probably the icing on the cake, as far as how tough it can be. He didn’t get off to a great start. His shooting has not been what it has been in the past. It went even a little downhill the last couple of months.

“The situation last week didn’t help. We all, as coaches, players and everybody, feel for him and understand the situation he’s in. It’s a tough situation.”

Let’s hope things start to take a turn for the better for him soon.

pictured: Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on March 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 117-107. (Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)